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It’s the Work, Not the Hours, That’ll Get You

Think long days are stressing out the workplace’s front lines? A new study says that in actuality, it’s the workplace and the work environment that builds stress in employees.

A study of nearly 3,000 American workers, presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Seattle, indicated that overall, workers in lower paying jobs, particularly service-oriented jobs, reported more job-related stress than did their white-collar counterparts, regardless of the number of hours the workers worked. The study reviewed a cross-section of America’s workforce including full-time and part-time employees in a wide variety of job positions and fields, reported Psychology Today.

According to the report, regardless of the time spent working each day, workers who were less stressed were also more satisfied with their jobs. Additionally, jobs that offered employees more independence, more control over their work, supportive supervisors and fringe benefits were credited as causing less worker stress.

Aside from worker satisfaction and productivity, stress has also been linked to physical problems in workers, including an increased risk for work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Source: Psychology Today